Small Firms: Recession and Recovery contains some of the key research findings from at the 15th National Small Firms' Policy and Research Conference in 1992.
During the recession, between one quarter and one third of SMEs have continued to grow. Meanwhile increases in technology and productivity make it unlikely that major corporations will become a source of new employment for the foreseeable future. As a result, SMEs continue to be of particular interest to those interested in the economic and social well-being of society.
The chapters in this book are thoughtful analyses of the role and position of SMEs in the UK and will appeal to all those involved in the formulation and delivery of small business policy at both a national and a regional level.
Small Firms: Public Policy Issues in Recession and Recovery - F. Chittenden and M. RobertsonShould We Abandon Support to Start-Up Businesses? - D. StoreyFrom Unemployment to Self-Employment in the European Community - N. MeagerSmall Firms in Recession in Britain - J. Stanworth, D. Purdy, N. Zafiris, P. Wilson, A. Woods and D. KirbyRegional Variations in the Population of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Britain C. Gallagher, G. - Robson and J.KerrLocal Economies and Small Firms - J. Curran and R.A. Blackburn A View from the Ground The Industrial Divide in Services: Technological Innovation, Co-operation and Competition in Small Employment, Design, Plant Hire Firms and Garages - S. Lloyd-Smith, K. Dickson and A. WoodsTechnical Entrepreneurs in the Service Sector - D. Jones-Evans and D. A. Kirby The Growth of Small Technical Consultancies in the United KingdomStages of Growth and Entrepreneurial Career Motivation - C. Gray"Keeping it in the Family": Small Firms and Familial Culture - M. Ram and R. HollidayGambling on Entrepreneurship - M.R Binks and P.A ValeOvercoming the Adverse Selection Problem - D. Deakins and G. Hussain Evidence and Policy Implications from a Study of Bank Managers on the Importance of Different Criteria Used in Making a Lending DecisionOverdraft Lending and Business Starts - R. Cressy An Empirical Investigation on UK DataPayment Periods and Cash-Flow in the UK, Germany and France - F. Chittenden, A. Kennon and S. MahindruSupport for Mature SMEs: Developing a Policy Agenda - D. Smallbone, D. North and R. LeighIssues in Supporting Enterprise and Training in Asian SMEs A Case Study from the Inner City